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About Derek Having started in Estate Agency back in June of 1988, I have a wealth of experience in the Edinburgh and Lothians property market. I am equally at home speaking with potential sellers of one bed 'first time buyer' flats, large Victorian/Georgian properties in the City or suburbs and everything in-between. I joined Purplebricks as I feel that their unique, transparent and customer-focused approach to property sales, at highly competitive cost, is the future of Estate Agency.
About Jennifer I have been an estate agent for 8 years - living and working in Edinburgh and the Lothians gaining excellent local knowledge. I have a real passion for property and enjoy meeting new people. I pride myself on exemplary customer care and will ensure you are fully supported throughout the sale. I joined Purplebricks as it enables me to offer a unique and refreshing way to market your home with the latest technology at a fixed, affordable price.
When it comes to Edinburgh, the questions is…what is not to like?! Edinburgh is a diverse city that oozes culture and history, is home to three top universities, and is renowned for outstanding state and independent schools. A city that has everything in close proximity, the locals refer to it as a village.
With excellent rail, air and road links, Edinburgh see scores of tourists arriving all year round, be it for the famous 6-week long Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Hogmanay celebrations with the world-class firework display or the huge choice of permanent attractions, architecture and welcoming atmosphere that this Scottish city has to offer.
Edinburgh is home to an eclectic population, with longstanding locals as well as people who have come from further afield or overseas to make it their home. The young, the old, students, professionals and families all add to the diversity of Scotland’s capital. The attraction of lower house prices when compared to London, as well as the quality of schools and lifestyle are proving to be a lure for more and more business people, who are starting to sell their London residences and use the well-established air links to commute.
The New Town in the city centre is a masterpiece of housing, with many examples of the Georgian architecture that is seen throughout Edinburgh, and also boasts the world famous George Street and Princess Street. One of the most expensive areas in Edinburgh to live, with a wealth of eateries, bars and retail options, estate agents sell apartments to young professionals and families alike for anywhere between £300,000 and upwards of £1 million.
In addition to seven excellent independent schools, the north-eastern district of Trinity and southern district of Morningside are in high demand for state school catchment areas, and estate agents in Edinburgh experience high competition amongst parents selling their current Edinburgh properties to move to these areas. The eastern suburb of Portobello is also a much sought after area, with houses selling for 8-10% over their asking prices. Just a 10-minute bus rides into city centre, Portobello residents can take full advantage of city life, while living at the gateway to the east coast of Edinburgh with its magnificent beaches and golf courses.
The most buoyant sectors of Edinburgh’s housing market are the first-time buyers and those looking to move up the property ladder after having bought their first home. 1/2-bedroom apartments up to £250,000 are very popular with young professionals in the city centre. For families migrating out of the city centre in search of more space and parking, Midlothian proves extremely popular with tens of thousands of new homes having been developed over recent years. Offering a multitude of 3/4-bedroom houses for the same price of the 1/2-bedroom city apartments, areas such as Bonnyrigg, Lasswade and Dalkeith are hot spots for suburban living. Located just half and hour away from the city centre by car, Midlothian also benefits from the lottery funded Borders Railway, which runs from the Scottish border, passing directly through Midlothian, arriving in Waverley Station just 15 minutes later.
As quality of lifestyle becomes increasing essential in today’s society, property in Edinburgh is going to become increasingly in demand, with a housing market that reflects this trend.
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